Jan 4, 2011

Sauteed Collard Greens with Bacon



Collard greens sliced thin sauteed with bacon, garlic and oil. A perfect side dish for Brazilian black beans or black eyed peas with ham.

My dad lived in Brazil for many years, and collard greens known as couve are a popular side dish there. I absolutely love them prepared this way, if you are a vegetarian, you can leave the bacon out. Still delicious!

It's a good idea to include collard greens in your diet on a regular basis because of their ability to lower cholesterol and their cancer-preventive properties. Personally, I just eat them because I like them, so having the added health benefits is a bonus.


Sauteed Collard Greens with Bacon
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th Old Points: 1 pt Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 72.9 • Fat: 4.5 g Protein: 3.1 g Carb: 6.8 g Fiber: 2.4 g


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 slice bacon, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 bunch collard greens, washed and dried
  • salt

Remove the tough stems that run down the center of the leaf. Then stack a few leaves, roll and slice into thin strips.

In a large saute pan, heat bacon on low heat. When bacon fat melts, add oil and garlic, saute until golden, about a minute. Add chopped collards to the pan, season with salt and cover.

Simmer covered until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

39 comments :

  1. I LOVE collard greens, can't wait to try this.

    kisses
    Heather

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  2. I absolutely LOVE collard greens!Cannot wait to try this!!!

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  3. I've never tried collard greens but I'm on the hunt now to try this recipe!

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  4. This makes me want to try collard greens. On the grocery list they go! Thanks Gina!

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  5. Thanks for the recipe! I've been looking for a great easy collard recipe. I can't wait to make this for my family!

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  6. What's great is collards are usually less than a dollar a bunch so it's also great for the wallet! Enjoy :)

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  7. Hello!

    My friend just told me about your blog and I am so glad I stopped by to check it out! However I am quite hungry visiting here, lol. I am your newest follower and look forward to visiting often. :-) Have a great day and a wonderful new year!!

    Blessings,
    Jill
    http://blessingsofastayathomemom.blogspot.com

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  8. My boyfriend is Brazilian and we make these with a few scrambled eggs instead of bacon and it is soo yummy! Also good for vegetarians. They really do go so well with beans!

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  9. Hi Gina,
    I'm 19 and I'm trying to find easy dishes for me to make, while also helping my mom eat better for her weight watchers! We both love greens, so I'm very excited to try this recipe! I've been bookmarking your recipes all day! Can't wait to try them!

    Thanks so much, my mom will be proud of me.
    Nicole

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  10. About to try this recipe! Very excited.

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  11. I've never tried collard greens, when I do, I'd like them cooked this way! ANYTHING is better with bacon!!!

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  12. Just wanted to post my first comment.. You're AWESOME !! I tried a lot of your recipes and it has always been so yummy.. Thanks so much for your blog, you rock !!!

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  13. Did you use pork or turkey bacon? What is your preference

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  14. Thanks Fred!!

    I used real bacon, I would leave the bacon out instead of using turkey bacon, just my preference.

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  15. I cook kale greens like this. Sometimes I add small diced onions. A little bacon goes a long way. And it does taste better with it.

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  16. Made it and loved it! It was so nice to get that great bacon flavor in the greens.

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  18. Ok, so I was being dumb with the last comment. I can't tell the difference between cooked and raw bacon. :)

    I'm looking forward to trying this recipe. My husband is obsessed with bacon so maybe he'll try some veggies for once.

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  19. Caroline, it's confusing sometimes, isn't it? Bacon makes everything better!

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  20. Nicole, just read your comment, good for you, your mom should be proud!

    Loryn, with eggs, that is interesting!!

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  21. Gina, this was fantastic! We made it last night with your pernil recipe. I've never made collard greens before- what an introduction! Thanks so much!!!

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  22. Gina-
    My husband and I don't eat pork. (Sorry bacon lovers!) So are you sure it is better to leave the turkey bacon out and make it plain? Any suggestions for a good, healthy substitute?

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  23. We made this for supper tonight with the pernil and brown rice. It was very filling and wonderful. These collard greens were so rich-tasting, even with only one piece of bacon. I'll add them to my recipe collection. Thanks for an easy and delicious recipe for cooked greens!

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  24. Had this for dinner with Pork Pernil and Cuban Black Beans. Oh my word. So great. First time eating Collard Greens and I can't believe what I've been missing! Thanks so much for all of your wonderful recipes!

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  25. Fredah, turkey bacon has come a long way, so give it a try!

    So happy you guys tried this, I love my collards and I think it's a vegetable that's commonly overlooked.

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  26. This turned out great. I had a huge bunch of swiss chard in my fridge and used that instead of the collard greens. Turned out amazing. Thanks for this.

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  27. My computer is literally slowing down because I have so many tabs of your recipes open :)
    This one looks sooo delicious. I'm vegetarian but I love me some Morningstar bacon so I want to try using that. I know you don't get the bacon fat which probably flavors the dish, but the taste will still be there!

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  28. Just tried it this afternoon. I also added some diced onion to the mix. This was terrific. I can't wait to try other recipes.

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  29. So, so good! Neither of us had ever eaten them before and they were absolutely delicious!

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  30. So good! I added some diced shallots and finely diced red bell pepper, so delicious! This will be in the rotation.

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  31. All this time I thought I didn't like collard greens. Turns out I just hadn't found a recipe to do them justice. Thank you so much!!!!

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  32. Will turnip greens work just as well?

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  33. OMG! These were sooo delicious. My 5 year old asked for more! We are from the south, and I never heard of sauteeing (?) collards. Now,I will never make them any other way! I did use two pieces of bacon instead of adding salt. Thank you for this recipe. Love it! I made with the Pernil, awesome also! You now have another fan.

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  34. I just tried this recipe and my first time cooking collards. Delicious!

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  35. Yes I tried it at my place and it is a wonderful recipe. Good to see more recipies. .

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